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Jasper County is a county located in the southwest portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was
117,404. Its county seat is Carthage, and its largest city is Joplin. The county was organized in 1841 and named for William Jasper, a hero of
the American Revolutionary War.
Jasper County is included in the Joplin, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Jasper County Sheriffs office has jurisdiction throughout the county.
Named for William Jasper, Revolutionary War soldier.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Jasper County, organized January 29, 1841, by an act of the State Legislature, was named for Sergeant William Jasper (1750-1779), who replaced the fallen flag on Fort Moultrie, June 28, 1776, and who lost his life while trying to replace the colors on Spring Hill redoubt, near Savannah, Georgia, on October 7, 1779. (Session Acts 1840-1841; Eaton (28), p. 178)
Source: Meyers, Robert Lee. "Place Names In The Southwest Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1930.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 641 square miles (1,660 km2), of which 638 square miles (1,650 km2) is
land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.4%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Avilla R-XIII School District - Avilla
Carl Junction R-I School District - Carl Junction
Carthage R-IX School District - Carthage
Jasper R-V School District - Jasper
Joplin R-VIII School District - Joplin
Sarcoxie R-II School District - Sarcoxie
Webb City R-VII School District - Webb City
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School - Joplin (K-12) - Nonsectarian (Special Education)
Joplin Area Catholic Schools - Joplin (PK-12) - Roman Catholic
St. Mary' Elementary School (PK-05)
St. Peter' Middle School (06-08)
McAuley Catholic High School (09-12)
Martin Luther School - Joplin (PK-08) - Lutheran
College Heights Christian School - Joplin (PK-12) - Nondenominational Christian
St. Ann' Catholic School - Carthage (PK-06) - Roman Catholic
Missouri Southern State University - Joplin. A public, four-year university.